I marvelled at the words of an old hymn this week, ‘Grant us wisdom, Grant us courage for the facing of this hour!’, words that seem so appropriate for this moment.
Our school has been closed here since 17 March and the government is desperately trying to contain the spread of this virus through a drastic restriction of business and transportation. If COVID-19 does spread, the human toll seems like it will be very high.
Other countries worry about their numbers of ventilators. Here, at present, there just aren’t ventilators, except a few in the capital and a few at the regional city hospital. Our school is part of a hospital complex. They are trying to prepare for what may come.
Confirmed cases are still relatively low here, but rising. So far things are extra quiet, is it the calm before the storm?
“God, have mercy on the millions and millions of vulnerable people in this country. I pray that by some miracle it wouldn’t spread widely here. God, ‘grant us wisdom and courage!’”
Amber is a teacher and Interserve Partner in South Asia.
Names have been changed.